I know this is random, but wasn't there a post on this topic suggesting Seattle was a really tough legal market? I've not heard that before, so I'm curious.
. . . and i can't believe there's now a LSN-type Web site for associate jobs. we wannabe lawyers seriously stop at nothing to calculate risk.
Rainyday- I'm just another 1L too (were you in Section 6, btw?) so I guess my thoughts need to be taken with a grain of salt, but here they are:Yes, your grades are likely below the median at HLS. Ten years ago the median was between a B and a B+, and I'm guessing that has gone up to around a B+ just based on my observations. Still, a 3.1 is by no means terrible. There are people who get C's here, and they still get jobs. That being said, with the economy as it is, you may have a tougher time than some getting a BIGLAW summer job, but you WILL get one, especially if you want to be in NYC. While the top firms are more picky, the consensus is many of the middle to lower Vault 100 won't even look at grades, or just give them a passing glance, especially if you interview well and they like you. Of course, OCS may be lying to us, but they likely aren't, and I've never heard of someone not getting BIGLAW who wanted it. Have you looked at the spreadsheets of who's going to these firms from HLS (they're on the OCS website)? Many, many very good firms do not even get one 2L for their summer program. These firms want people from Harvard, if only to make the other summers at the firm think "oh, this firm must be good, people from Harvard come here!" We get a lot of bids for OCI, and as long as you bid strategically (ie. not putting down the top 20 firms) you should be just fine.
I know people with B/B- averages who didn't have trouble getting a job in NY last time around (albeit not at the V20).
well, the OP is sought after, even if her grades are below the median. There really isn't reason to worry, unless she does something silly like only applies to firms in San Diego (for example). There are a ton of firms that come to Harvard and will take whomever they can get, eg Cadwalader, Strook. But it's also really important to make sure that resume/writing sample are well edited and the interview presentation is polished. We have an amazing career office, and if the OP asks, they will make sure everything is in order. Although I was optimistic, it would be a mistake to only apply to elite firms or only to apply to hard markets (DC, SF, SD, etc.). Someone said that it's not worth it for the OP to bid on some of the V20. That is simply bad advice. People regularly get jobs in the V20 with below-median grades at HLS. I know people with B/B- averages who didn't have trouble getting a job in NY last time around (albeit not at the V20). Obviously, it's possible to blow OCI, but if the OP is reasonably prepared, there's no reason to worry esp. in New York. It remains a true whether the economy is in recession or not that there is far more demand for HLS students than there is supply.
You should totally try Atlanta.